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This page shows your 100 most controversial books, as measured by the standard deviation of members star ratings. (This is also the source of the Zeitgeist category "25 Books People Can't Agree on.") To be included, a book must have been rated at least 20 times. Work titles are given.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.3523.67The Koran by al-Qur'an
1.2643.71A Man Asleep by Georges Perec
1.2193.35The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
1.2093.54Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals by Immanuel Kant
1.1973.49Life of a Good-for-Nothing by Joseph von Eichendorff
1.1933.27Intrigue and love by Friedrich von Schiller
1.1783.57Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist
1.1753.18A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert
1.1753.5Peter Schlemihl by Adelbert von Chamisso
1.1583.29A Village Romeo and Juliet by Gottfried Keller
1.1553.54Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane
1.1473.83Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1444.03The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch
1.1433.77Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin
1.1423.8The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture by Fritjof Capra
1.1343.57Runaway Horse by Martin Walser
1.1323.89The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1164.06Ulysses by James Joyce
1.1133.8Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
1.0933.09Die Judenbuche by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
1.0853.78The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0813.84The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0733.97The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea
1.0713.49Lieutenant Gustl by Arthur Schnitzler
1.0693.52Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0573.49Totem and Taboo by Sigmund Freud
1.0553.94The shadow out of time by H.P. Lovecraft
1.0533.51Bahnwärter Thiel by Gerhart Hauptmann
1.0464.12Capital: A Critique of Political Ecomony, Vol. 1: The Process of Production of Capital by Karl Marx
1.0413.81Lysistrata; a comedy in four acts by Aristófanes
1.0393.49Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht
1.0363.46Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes
1.0333.89Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.0323.82The Flounder by Günter Grass
1.0263.93Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0223.62Antigone by Sophocles
1.023.82The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
1.0193.79Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
1.0183.96The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin
1.0183.88Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
1.0143.71Innocent Erendira and Other Stories by Gabriel García Márquez
1.0143.56On the Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1.0133.54Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink
1.0123.66Oedipus Tyrannus by Sophocles
1.0073.98To Have or to Be? by Erich Fromm
1.0033.78The Fire Raisers by Max Frisch
0.9993.65Politics by Aristotle
0.9983.67Poetics (Ars Poetica) by Aristoteles
0.9973.68Asterix and the Black Gold by Albert Uderzo
0.9974.08Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
0.9963.67Eden by Stanisław Lem
0.9943.41Educating Rita by Willy Russell
0.9943.95The Castle by Franz Kafka
0.9923.42Spring's Awakening by Frank Wedekind
0.9913.63A Theatrical Novel by Mikhail Bulgakov
0.9893.71An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
0.9893.94Stranger in a strange land by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9873.81The dream-quest of unknown Kadath by H.P. Lovecraft
0.9864.25Extinction by Thomas Bernhard
0.9853.35Songbook by Nick Hornby
0.9853.19Kleider machen Leute by Gottfried Keller
0.9843.97Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
0.9843.84Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
0.9823.48Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
0.983.65The Captain of Köpenick by Carl Zuckmayer
0.9793.64Memoirs Found in a Bathtub by Stanisław Lem
0.9753.6Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
0.9743.6Die philosophische Hintertreppe. Vierunddreißig große Philosophen in Alltag und Denken. by Wilhelm Weischedel
0.9714.08The Road by Cormac McCarthy
0.9713.8Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
0.973.7Gorgias by Plato
0.973.72The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
0.9683.97Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
0.9673.87The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
0.9653.93Atonement by Ian McEwan
0.9643.82Homo Faber by Max Frisch
0.9633.85Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield by René Goscinny
0.9634.04The unbearable lightness of being by Milan Kundera
0.9613.83Candide by Voltaire
0.963.77Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
0.9593.83The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
0.9593.9Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
0.9573.19The Second Angel by Philip Kerr
0.9543.77Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
0.9533.62The Art of Always Being Right by Arthur Schopenhauer
0.9523.86One of Us by Michael Marshall Smith
0.9513.62The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
0.9513.52Ensel und Krete by Walter Moers
0.9514.33Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein
0.953.81Tales of Pirx the Pilot by Stanisław Lem
0.9493.77Women by Charles Bukowski
0.9474.29The Man Without Qualities (complete) by Robert Musil
0.9473.49Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka
0.9433.71Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht
0.9433.82The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen William Hawking
0.9424.02The Trial by Franz Kafka
0.9413.97The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
0.9413.76Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott
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